How I wear my pearls

fashion blogger in work outfit with twinset and pearls

Pearls in the family

Pearls remind me of my Granny’s engagement ring. It features a small pearl in the center and two small diamonds on teach side in a white gold setting, while the ring itself is rose gold. After the Great War, rose gold was in fashion as creation of yellow gold required material that was pretty expensive. Her engagement ring was made by her brother-in-law, i.e. my grandpa’s brother. He was a gold smith.

One day in the 70s, my grandparents were visiting us. My granny thought she had lost the ring on the lawn. I spent the entire afternoon on the lawn searching for her ring and even kept looking after they had left. My mom came out and told me to come to the phone. My granny was on the phone. She was super-excited that she had found the ring at home. She had forgotten to put it on. She said that I would get the ring when she dies because I spent all the time search the ring for her.

Pearls also remind me of my Mom’s Sunday’s Best or Going Out looks. As it was modern in the 50s, 60s and 70s, she would wear her pearl necklace with matching pearl studs. In the 50s, pearls were part of her office look. In the 80s, my Mom gave her pearls to my sister for her graduation in chemical engineering.

My first pearl necklace

In my twenties, I bought myself a silver-gray pearl necklace. I wore this one string of baroque silver-gray pearls with silver earrings when I went to science conferences. While in my twenties, they accessorized my pink skirt suit or black and white pants suit, in my thirties, they dressed up my business casual look of jeans, a button-down shirt and blazer. Both outfit variations were the typical 80s and 90s uniforms.

#fashionover50 #midlifestyle woman in chic work outfit accessorized with multiple pearl necklaces
Side view of work outfit with GNW twinset, Talbot pleated floral print silk skirt, Calvin Klein block heel pumps, Esprit bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, various strings of pearls (all own) and Akoya pearls c/o The Pearl Source Inc.

How I wear my pearls today

Pearls are a big trend at the moment. I style my pearls with studs or very casual in a contemporary way to avoid looking Old Lady. Meanwhile I bought a triple pearl necklace and an opera length pearl necklace on eBay. They finds were great scores on eBay. The outfits in this post are examples of how I wear my pearls today.

#accessories statement belt with pearls Zoom-in on the pearl statement belt

#styleover40 #fashionover50 midlife woman wearing a denim shirt under a sweater accessorized with pearl pendant necklace Casual posh outfit with pearl pendant necklace. Christian Louboutain pumps, Newport News leather pants, Great Northwest denim shirt, Landsend sweater, Ann Klein silk scarf, Celine bag

#styleover50 casual office look with pearl statement belt Oliveo denim skirt, Manolo Blahnik booties, pantyhose, Anne Klein turtleneck sweater and pearl statement belt (all own)

chic monochromatic look with opera pearl necklace #maturefashion Chic monochromatic look in various shades of red with opera length pearl necklace. G-II skirt, GNW tight, Peter Kaiser flats, Anne Klein sweater, Hermes collier de chien cuff and belt#pearlsover40 posh casual outfit for women in midlife Graham and Spencer leather motorcycle jacket and London Jean boyfriend jeans (all own) with Akoya pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source

#maturefashion posh midlife style with pearls

My friends Jill at Everything Just So and Adrienne at The Rich Life (on a Budget) have a monthly style challenge called How I Wear My. This month they challenged fashion and style bloggers to show how they wear their pearls. Of course, I did not submit all these photos. Check these ladies’ blogs later this week to see how other bloggers addressed the challenge.

How do you wear your pearls?

#maturestyle #fashionover50 women in classic work outfit with necklace
GNW twinset with Talbot silk skirt, Calvin Klein nude pumps, Esprit bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, various strings of pearls (all own) and Akoya pearls c/o The Pearl Source Inc.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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